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Helping Out for July 10, 2019

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Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. ATTENTION: Submissions should now be made using our online form.

The Gibbes Museum of Art has named Helen C. Pratt-Thomas as board chair as of July 1 and elected Michael Culler, Karen Lawson-Johnston, Benjamin Lenhardt, Thomas Motamed and Anne Tinker to its board of directors.

Pratt-ThomasPratt-Thomas is a senior vice president and senior wealth commercial banker for South State Bank. Culler is a senior account executive for Acme Technologies. Lawson-Johnston is a founding board member of The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry and holds various volunteer positions in Connecticut. Lenhardt is a retired chairman and CEO of Americas for UBS Asset Management and a member of the UBS AG Group managing board. Motamed is a retired chairman and CEO of CNA Financial Corp. Tinker is a retired international policy and programs executive.

Re-elected to another three-year term were Ann Burnett, Mark Munn, Betsy Saal, Lisa Evans, Molly Fienning, Roy Green, Jeb Hallett, Ben Jenkins, Rhett Outten, Janneke Vreede-Schaay, Charles Sullivan and Kay Wendell.


East Cooper Meals on Wheels is working to address the barriers to fresh fruit and vegetables among the homebound population with its Fruitful Summer campaign. Donations will go toward providing servings of fresh, seasonal fruit for meal recipients.

In honor of the 100 days of summer, gifts of $100 and more will be doubled by Lerato LLC. A $100 donation will help East Cooper Meals on Wheels deliver 30 meals to a program participant.


Registration is open for the 20th annual Race for The Ark, set for Aug. 24 in downtown Summerville.

Race proceeds will benefit The Ark, which provides comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. The event funds programs in five counties, including memory screenings, resource fairs, educational workshops, support groups, and respite centers.

The race includes a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run. Both races begin and end at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, at 206 Central Ave. The 5K begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run kicks off at 8:45 a.m.

Registration for the 5K run/walk is $35 with a T-shirt and $25 without a T-shirt. The fun run is $10, or $30 for a family of four (T-shirts not included). Day-of registration for the 5K is $40. Day-of registration for the 1-mile fun run is $15, or $35 for a family of four.

Businesses can create teams of five or more runners as part of the Corporate Challenge. The winning team (combined best times) will receive a hand-crafted traveling trophy to display for one year. The cost is $350 and the deadline to register is July 22.


Ingevity recently awarded $2,000 college scholarships to 30 high school seniors in North Charleston, Covington, Va., Crossett, Ark., DeRidder, La., Waynesboro, Ga, and Wickliffe, Ky.

Scholarships were awarded to students who demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities and a commitment to making a positive impact in their school and community.

Twenty-five scholarships were awarded to students entering four-year institutions in a science, technology, engineering or math field of study. Two were awarded to students entering a STEM-related field of study in technical colleges. Three were awarded to non-STEM students.

The North Charleston scholarship recipients were:

  • Maximiliano Cabrera, who will attend the University of Alabama
  • Javez Fludd-Jackson, Lander University
  • Gage Gailbreath, Clemson University
  • Lillian Ku, University of Michigan
  • Samantha Leach, Clemson University Honors College

The local scholarship winners were invited to Ingevity’s North Charleston headquarters for lunch with President and CEO Michael Wilson, followed by lab tours.

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